Immigrant in Sweden: a lifelong label?

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Immigrant in Sweden: a lifelong label?

Despite being born in Sweden or having lived most of their lives in Sweden, the children of immigrant parents sometimes contend that they will never be viewed as “Swedes”, but will instead always be thought of as immigrants. What do you think?


Last week, journalist Carlos Rojas wrote of the experience he and his friends had of growing up in the Stockholm suburbs

“They are Swedes, but were never viewed as such,” argued Rojas.

On Monday, however, The Local reported on a recent doctoral study which found that immigrant children in Sweden don't suffer extra stress because of their immigrant backgrounds.

The study found, rather, that there was no discernible difference in the mental health of children born to immigrant parents and that of children with Swedish-born parents.

Is being an “immigrant in Sweden” a label one must carry their entire life? Does that label necessarily a constitute a handicap to success in Sweden?

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